Early learning teacher profile: Joanne Cass

I enjoy getting to work as part of a team – especially with mixed aged children, and siblings.

Joanne is helping a girl on the monkey barsAge

30

Home town

I grew up in West Auckland.

Why I love ECE teaching

I enjoy getting to work as part of a team –
especially with mixed aged children, and siblings. 
You also get to see them working together. 

A lot of the older children will help the younger ones. For example if a young child falls over, an older one will run up and check they are alright.

How I got into ECE teaching

I always wanted to teach young children. 

I grew up with a sister who has disabilities so I developed that empathy early on, which you need as a teacher.

I went with my sister to activities and support groups, and feel like I have been immersed in education from a young age. 

Most rewarding moment

When a boy, who was having difficulty learning how to speak, said a new word. 
He suddenly said: “Ocean”.

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